Flood concerns

At some point the Yoho Valley is going to get one of these deluges and our homes will be drifting in Kinbasket Lake.

Dear Goldenites:

In light of last year’s flooding in the Sicamous/Shuswap area and this year’s Canmore/Calgary/High River disasters it is time to get up and yell.  We need disaster prevention, not disaster relief.

At some point the Yoho Valley is going to get one of these deluges and our homes will be drifting in Kinbasket Lake.

I can visualize 50 to 75 per cent of the buildings near the Kicking Horse being swept up.

If a tiny, almost dry creek, like Cougar Creek can do the damage it did, rest assured the Kicking Horse River is going to kick so many buildings downstream, Golden could end up being a ghost town.

The Bridge-to-Bridge movement is not the answer.

Golden needs diking and dredging to withstand the volume of water proportional to these recent events.

Yes, it will cost money but it will save local, provincial, and federal governments billions if the proper planning and diking is put in place.

Let’s learn from the mistakes and lack of foresight of others.  We are not impervious. As far as I am concerned it is not if, it is when.

Ken Leonty

Golden